Heating Oil Supplier WP Group Helps Communities Brave Winter Weather

 21st Dec 2010

Smart technology available from heating oil supplier the WP Group has been helping households and companies to avoid the misery caused by running out of winter heating oil.

Electronic Signalman technology can be fitted to customers’ heating oil tanks, automatically alerting WP Group when they are running low so its tankers can deliver more fuel.

Earlier this month WP Group’s drivers battled through heavy snow and ice to get vital fuel through to homes and businesses cut off by Britain’s worst winter weather in decades.

The Group’s WP Heating division ensured that the vulnerable and those in most need were supplied first. Many hospitals, care homes and schools across the South depend on WP Group for their fuel.

The heating oil supplier’s tanker drivers and refinery-based distribution co-ordinators worked extra shifts to help get heating to customers as quickly as possible under the extreme weather conditions.

A number of domestic and commercial customers had unfortunately let their tanks run virtually dry and left their heating oil orders until the last minute. Signalman technology from WP Group could have saved them unnecessary worry.

In some areas very badly hit by snow, drivers teamed up with local farmers with tractors to help get fuel to communities trapped by snowdrifts on ungritted country lanes.

WP Group Managing Director David Fairchild said: “It is best not to leave ordering your fuel until the last minute. Topping up your tank in October is a great idea because you are virtually guaranteed to receive your delivery before any snow.

“Also, if you are using a tankful of heating oil in a month then you need a larger tank. The extra storage capacity can also save you money because it means that you can buy heating oil at autumn prices instead of winter prices.”

Heating oil prices are outside the control of fuel distributors. Prices are set by the market based on a daily rate in Rotterdam. They inevitably rise during winter months as demand increases but WP Group works hard to try and minimise the impact on customers by advising them of the best times to buy.

Based at Esso’s Fawley Refinery, heating oil supplier WP Group distributes Diesels, Gas Oils and Kerosenes ­ that are specially formulated to meet the demanding needs of the UK market.

WP Group is ExxonMobil’s Strategic Lubricants Distributor for its world-leading Mobil lubricants throughout Central Southern England.

For further information about heating oil supplier the WP Group, please contact the Sales Team on 0800 980 6172 or email WP Heating


Notes For Editors

The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.

Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions ­ Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.

WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.

Wessex House
Cadland Road
SO45 3NY
Telephone: 023 8089 7841
Freefone: 0800 980 6172
Fax: 023 8089 8876
Web: www.thewp-group.co.uk
Email: WP Heating

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